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EFA in Meetings

Innovation in Life Sciences and Health – Vilnius Innovation Forum On 5th December, EFA Board Member Lina Buzermaniene attended Vilnius Innovation Forum, where she participated in the session dedicated to Innovation in Life sciences and Health. Lina, as a Member of Ethics Board of the IMI U-BIOPRED project, contributed with a short presentation as the patient representative to the panel discussion on Public private collaborations for a stronger

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EU Air Package Proposed

On December 18, the European Commission adopted the much expected EU air package. The review of the EU air strategy began in early 2011 and was expected to be published earlier this year, which was identified by the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, as the EU Year of Air. The constant delays in proposing the measures pushed several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the political spectrum to urge the Commission

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TPD Coming to a Conclusion

One year exact has passed since the Commission’s proposal for a new Tobacco Products Directive, necessary to update a 12-year old legislation, to close legal gaps, to be in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and especially to protect public health. We have been advocating during this time for the protection of patients with allergy, asthma and COPD and more in general for public health considerations

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EFA-ECC Event Report

Report from our joint event with the ECC “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” As promised in the last issue of our eZine, this month we bring you the full report from the event we organized in collaboration with European COPD Coalition (ECC) on 28th November, 2013. The conference successfully met its objectives to discuss the newly adopted EU Framework Programme for Research and

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Standards for COPD Care Now

EFA Releases its Book on COPD in Europe Seeking Minimum Standards of Care At the EFA-ECC World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day Event in Brussels on November 28th, the EFA Book on Minimal Standards of Care for COPD Patients in Europe was released. The publication, which is EFA’s second book on COPD, highlights necessary steps for establishing minimum standards of care for COPD patients across Europe, which would outline best practices

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EFA-ECC COPD event

EFA and the ECC Commemorate World COPD Day 2013 under the Lithuanian EU Presidency On the 28th of November 2013, EFA and the European COPD Coalition (ECC), under auspices of Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, celebrated World COPD Day 2013 together at a public event entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” and offering a diverse range of discussions

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EU Policy Updates

Horizon 2020: the new EU Research Programme On the 21st of November, the plenary of the European Parliament voted on the new EU research and innovation programme for the period 2014-2020. With a budget of nearly 80 billion EUR over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the main publicly funded research programmes worldwide. It is also one of very few programmes in the next EU budget to see a strong increase

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EFA in Meetings

Extraordinary General Assembly and Networking Meeting by ENSP From the 4th to the 6th of November, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) organised its Extraordinary General Assembly and Networking Meeting in Brussels. EFA is an associated member of ENSP and was represented by EU Policy Officer Roberta Savli who presented on the current status of the EU tobacco products directive, now being discussed by the Council, and on

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Winter is Coming

Allergy UK shared Important Information: Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine and people with egg allergy In the last week of October the NHS has launched their ‘Protect their future: Don’t wait to vaccinate’ campaign aimed at parents to highlight the benefits of immunisation and the risks of the diseases they protect children against. Allergy UK support this message and agree that it is in the child's best interest to receive all of the necessary vaccinations,

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Member News

EFA Manifesto presented by ABBA in Bulgarian Parliament On 22 November, Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD (ABBA) presented EFA Manifesto for the European Parliament Elections 2014 in the Bulgarian Parliament. Professor Yavor Ivanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Society for Pulmonary Diseases, presented the viewpoint of pulmonologists in Bulgaria. Diana Hadzhiangelova, Chairman of the ABBA presented the actions and

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EFA Member News

EFA’s Alignment Meeting with the Maltese Asthma Society On the 28th of September, EFA’s President Breda Flood along with Executive Officer Susanna Palkonen and Membership & Programme Officer David Brennan had the opportunity to meet with the representatives of the Maltese Asthma Society (MAS) in St Julian’s, Malta. Since EFA does not have a member in Malta yet, this meeting served to present both organizations’ goals and objectives in

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EFA Meet and Greet the EU Event

EFA “Meet and Greet the European Union Institutions 2013” Training On 15th and 16th of October, EFA office in Brussels organised the 4th edition of the Meet and Greet the European Union Institutions training. This year’s training was attended by thirteen members from ten countries. The objective of the training is to introduce the European Union – its history, decision making process and health related issues in particular – to EFA members.

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